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Genes Tied to Belly Size Also Linked to Heart Disease

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Gene variants that raise a person's odds of being "apple-shaped" may be linked to heightened risks of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a large study suggests. Many previous studies have hinted that a large waistline can be particularly unhealthy, compared to carrying your weight around the hips and thighs ("pear-shaped"). This new research suggests that people who carry weight at the belly tend to have higher rates of diabetes and heart disease. These types of studies do not prove a cause-and-effect link, said Dr. Kirk Knowlton, director of cardiovascular research at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. But, the new findings "go a step further," said Knowlton, who was not involved in the study. The new findings give "considerably more weight" to the evidence that excess belly fat, by itself, contributes to diabetes and heart ... Read more

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Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease affects more than just the heart. It also can take a toll on the legs, feet, kidneys and even the brain, according to vascular surgery experts. Heart disease is a general term, usually linked to arteriosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," the Society for Vascular Surgery explained. Arteriosclerosis is a progressive disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. As the arteries become blocked, it becomes harder for oxygen-rich blood to flow throughout the body, said Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the society. AbuRahma is also chief of vascular-endovascular surgery at West Virginia University's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) develops when heart disease affects the legs and feet. This condition affects about 8.5 million people in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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Air Pollution May Raise Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – High levels of air pollution may increase some Hispanic children's risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. "Exposure to heightened air pollution during childhood increases the risk for Hispanic children to become obese and, independent of that, to also develop type 2 diabetes," said study corresponding author Michael Goran. He is co-director of the University of Southern California's Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. "Poor air quality appears to be a catalyst for obesity and diabetes in children, but the conditions probably are forged via different pathways," Goran said in a university news release. For the study, researchers followed 314 overweight or obese Hispanic children in Los Angeles County. The children were between 8 and 15 years old when the study started. None had diabetes. By the time children who lived in areas with high levels of air ... Read more

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Heart-Healthy Tips for Your Grocery List

Posted 9 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 9, 2017 – A healthy heart begins with what you eat, and one way to shop for groceries wisely is to start with a list, a cardiologist recommends. Reducing the amount of fat, sugar and salt (sodium) in your diet can help reduce your risk of obesity, heart attack, type 2 diabetes and other diseases, according to Dr. Susan Smyth. She's medical director of the University of Kentucky's Gill Heart Institute. "Make your meal healthier by substituting foods with lots of color from natural sources [not artificial colors] for foods that are white or brown. Start in the produce section with fresh fruits and veggies, which are high in vitamins and fiber and low in fat," Smyth said in a university news release. She added that consumers should check the labels on processed foods found in the produce department, such as guacamole or prepared salads with dressing. These products may ... Read more

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Health Tip: Logging Your Exercise

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by

-- Logging your exercise habits helps you stay committed and address any problems. The American Diabetes Association recommends: Log an entry in a diary each time you work out. Take note of times that you didn't exercise, and times when you could have exercised more. Look for patterns, such as a day of the week that's most difficult for you to exercise. Take note of activities or habits that you enjoy and motivate you to exercise more. Read more

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Many Hospital Workers Are an Unhealthy Lot: Study

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – More than three-quarters of workers at six Houston hospitals are overweight or obese, a new study shows. Researchers surveyed 924 employees – mostly technicians and administrators – about their health status and diet. Doctors weren't part of the survey. The results showed that 78 percent were overweight or obese. Fruit and vegetable consumption was generally low in all weight groups. Those who were obese had much higher daily consumption of white potatoes such as french fries, regular-fat foods (versus reduced- or low-fat), sugary beverages and added butter and margarine than those of normal weight. The study also found that 65 percent of respondents had no days of vigorous physical activity. About half had no days with moderate physical activity. Compared to those with normal weight, overweight and obese respondents spent more time doing things such as ... Read more

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For Millions of Americans, Everyday Life Takes Toll on Their Hearing

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – The noise of modern life causes permanent hearing damage to many U.S. adults who don't even suspect they've experienced a loss, federal researchers reported Tuesday. Up to now, it's been suspected that work-related noise has been the culprit behind most hearing loss, the researchers said. But about 53 percent of adults with noise-induced hearing damage reported no exposure to loud sounds while on the job, according to the study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, their hearing apparently has been damaged by exposure to loud noise at home (think headphones) or in their community (blame those leaf blowers). Many of these people don't even know they've lost hearing. One in four adults who believes his or her hearing is good or excellent actually has hearing damage, the CDC found. "About 20 million American adults have hearing damage ... Read more

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Sickle Cell Trait in Blacks Can Skew Diabetes Test Results

Posted 7 Feb 2017 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 7, 2017 – A blood test commonly used to diagnose and treat diabetes may be less accurate in black people who have the sickle cell anemia trait, a new study says. The test is called hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C). An A1C reading of 5.7 or more indicates prediabetes or diabetes; below 5.7 is normal, says the American Diabetes Association. But, the current study found that for blacks with a trait for sickle cell anemia, the A1C test may come back lower than it should. This discrepancy could lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, and it might also affect the management of known diabetes. When the researchers compared the results of A1C tests to other measures that check blood sugar levels, they showed that when A1C readings were expected to be 6 percent, they only registered 5.7 percent for blacks with sickle cell trait. "We want to make clinicians aware that things ... Read more

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U.S. High School Kids Abandoning Sweetened Sodas

Posted 3 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – There's good news when it comes to American teens' diets, with more high school kids saying no to sodas and other sweetened beverages, researchers say. A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that while just over a third of kids in grades 9 through 12 drank a sweetened beverage each day in 2007, that number had fallen to 20.5 percent by 2015. Still, more can be done to help kids avoid the empty calories of sweetened sodas and drinks, the CDC team said. Despite declines in soda consumption, "intake of other sugar-sweetened beverages, including energy drinks and sports drinks, are increasing," noted a group led by CDC researcher Caitlin Merlo. "And overall consumption of all sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit drinks and sweetened coffees and teas, remains high." According to the report, children and adolescents get ... Read more

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Sticking With One Doctor May Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Seeing the same doctor for a long time may help keep older people out of the hospital, a new British study suggests. Researchers from the Health Foundation in London analyzed about two years' worth of medical records for more than 230,000 patients, aged 62 to 82, in England. They looked at how often the patients saw the same general practitioner (continuity of care) and how that affected their risk of hospitalization. Compared to those with low continuity of care, rates of hospital admissions were 9 percent lower among those with medium continuity of care. Admission rates were 12 percent lower in those with high continuity of care, wrote study author Creina Lilburne and colleagues. While no firm conclusions about cause and effect can be made from the study, "strategies to improve the continuity of care in general practice may reduce secondary care costs, ... Read more

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Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer?

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – Developing or worsening type 2 diabetes could be an early sign of pancreatic cancer, new research suggests. Researchers analyzed data from nearly a million patients with type 2 diabetes or pancreatic cancer in Italy and Belgium. Half of all pancreatic cancer cases were diagnosed within a year of patients being diagnosed with diabetes, the findings showed. The investigators also found that type 2 diabetes patients whose condition deteriorated rapidly requiring more aggressive treatment were also at increased risk for pancreatic cancer. The study findings, which don't prove an association between type 2 diabetes and pancreatic cancer, were presented Monday at the European Cancer Congress (ECC) in Amsterdam. Research presented at medical meetings is typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. "Doctors and their diabetic patients ... Read more

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Insulin Makers Conspired to Raise Prices: Lawsuit

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by

Three makers of insulin conspired to boost the prices of the lifesaving diabetes drug, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association said the price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and three manufacturers – Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eil Lilly – have raised the list prices of their insulin in near unison, The New York Times reported. The price increases have triggered anger among patient groups and doctors, who say the rising cost of insulin appears to have little to do with higher production costs. "People who have to pay out of pocket for insulin are paying enormous prices, when they shouldn't be," Steve Berman, a lawyer for the patients, told The Times. The lawsuits alleges that the three companies increased the list prices on their insulin in order to win favor with pharmacy ... Read more

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Diabetes Risk May Be Higher for HIV-Positive Adults

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – People infected with the virus that causes AIDS may be more likely to develop diabetes, new research suggests. In the study, the prevalence of diabetes was almost 4 percent higher among HIV-positive adults than the general population. Researchers examined survey responses of 8,610 HIV-positive participants in the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP). They also analyzed data from about 5,600 people in the general public who took the annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Of the MMP participants, 75 percent were men and nearly 60 percent were aged 45 or older. About 25 percent were obese; about 20 percent also had hepatitis C (HCV); and 90 percent had received antiretroviral therapy within the past year. Of NHANES participants, about half were men aged 45 years and older; 36 percent were obese; and fewer than 2 percent had hepatitis C. The ... Read more

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Timing of Your Meals Might Reduce Heart Risks

Posted 31 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 31, 2017 – People who want a healthy heart should be mindful of not only what they eat, but when they eat, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA). The report is a response to the growing evidence that timing matters when it comes to heart disease risk, said Marie-Pierre St-Onge, the lead author of the statement. The various organs of the body have their own "clocks," St-Onge explained, and that may affect how we handle food at different times of the day and night. "For example, later in the evening, it's harder for the body to process glucose [sugar], compared with earlier in the day," said St-Onge, an associate professor of nutritional medicine at Columbia University in New York City. The new statement highlights what's known – and what's not – about meal timing and heart health. The statement lacks specific rules, such as ... Read more

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Slim But Sedentary: Risk of Prediabetes May Rise

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Here's yet another reason to get off the couch: Inactivity is associated with greater risk of prediabetes, even for healthy-weight adults, a new study finds. University of Florida researchers said the finding may help explain why up to one-third of slim American adults have prediabetes – elevated blood sugar but not full-blown diabetes. "We have found that a lot of people who we would consider to be at healthy weight – they're not overweight or obese – are not metabolically healthy," said lead investigator Arch Mainous III. He's chair of health services research, management and policy in the university's College of Public Health and Health Professions. Mainous and his colleagues analyzed data from more than 1,000 people, aged 20 and older, in England. All had a healthy weight and no diagnosis of diabetes. Those with an inactive lifestyle were more likely than ... Read more

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